I’ve been saying for weeks that I think it’s gonna be Tim Kaine. (Though I’ve been hearing rumblings in the last few days about Tom Vilsack.) Both are boring, centrist white guys. But Kaine would be a huge, huge mistake, further alienating liberals and progressives like me!
From this article I read today on The Hill:
“Let’s be really clear: It should be disqualifying for any potential Democratic vice presidential candidate to be part of a lobbyist-driven effort to help banks dodge consumer protection standards and regulations designed to prevent banks from destroying our economy,” Charles Chamberlain, executive director of Democracy for America, a liberal advocacy group, said Thursday in a statement.
“Hillary Clinton’s vice presidential pick will be seen by many as a proxy for how she will govern — boldly or cautiously?” Stephanie Taylor, head of the Progressive Change Campaign Committee (PCCC), said Thursday in a statement.
Taylor said the litmus test for a vice presidential pick should be two-fold: First, the candidate should support efforts to rein in Wall Street banks; and second, the pick should oppose the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a sweeping global trade deal championed by President Obama.
Kaine fails on both counts. He backed fast-track authority to help Obama grease the skids for passage of the TPP. And just this week, he endorsed a letter calling on the administration to roll back certain consumer protection requirements governing some banks.
Choosing someone with those views, Taylor warned, will create “a giant opening for [Donald] Trump and other Republicans to outflank Democrats on economic populism issues and win important swing votes.”
Another thing that depresses me about the whole situation is that we could have 8 years of Hillary and then 8 years of Kaine – that’s 16* years of centrist politics! Am I the only one who thinks that’s too long to wait to elect a progressive?!